Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Computer science publication culture: where to go from here?

I have written a blog for ACM SIGMOD on the computer science publication culture. The blog is here. My main thesis is that  in the long run, we will follow other science and engineering disciplines and start treating journals as the main outlet for disseminating our research results. I outline some of the steps that we can take in getting there from where we are today. I would love to hear of opinions either here or at the ACM blog.

17 comments:

  1. I agree! Another question is whether journals will stay the same or are we going to move even further to an all electronic, interactive publication model. There is a lot of room for improvement in the current system. But focusing on the issues, the main issue is the overflow of papers. Even in ones narrower discipline it is becoming increasingly more difficult to keep up with the current literature. We need much better tools or progress will be slowed down (and can even get harmed).

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  2. I think there is already a move to an electronic publishing, but we are going too slow. We should make electronic the main publishing venue, with hard copy print runs being done once a year when a volume is completed for those (individuals and libraries) who wish to have a hard copy.

    Secondly, I think we need to revisit value added services where you can subscribe with a set of topics and you are periodically sent lists of papers that have appeared related to those topics. This is like a souped-up notification service and what I remember being done through reference librarians.

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  3. There was a very interesting panel at the recent CRA Snowbird Conference that touched upon this topic. There is a nice summary of the panel at CACM Blog that can be reached here:

    http://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/153898-should-computer-scientists-change-how-they-publish/fulltext

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